Following the BBC documentary on “Sex For Grades”, the wife of the Ekiti State Governor, Bisi Fayemi, on Monday said that she was sexually harassed by her lecturers when she was in the University.
Reacting to the video which exposed lecturers from the University of Lagos and University of Ghana who were involved in sexual harassment, the first lady lamented saying;
“I cried because what these young women have experienced is the story of many of us who passed through higher institutions in this country.”
“I was educated here in Nigeria and I too was a victim of sexual harassment during my university days. I was luckier than these victims. It didn’t go that far but it was extremely unpleasant and of course, back in the days when all these things happened you can’t tell anyone because if you do even up till now people ask you to keep shut.
“You know people don’t talk about things like this. I was watching the documentary and there were three words that came to me, one is voice, it is time to speak up and speak out and for those who do we need to stand with them and stand by them and not silence them because the culture of silence has endured enough.
The First lady urged the public to act on sexual assaults incidence which may occur around them, speaking up and defending victims instead of silencing them. She also stated that the public should protect the people in their care who may be vulnerable to sexual assault.
“Another word that came to me was accountability, we need to be accountable whether there are parents, guidance or teachers or leaders in any form throughout the different section of society.
“We have to be accountable for the well being and health of the young people in our care, from when our children come to say, mummy, uncle so and so touched me and instead of asking further to find out what’s its all about, we should act.
“There has to be accountability and the third thing that came to mind was justice, justice for victim or I choose to call them survivors and so those of us who have worked in the women’s whether at international level or Africa or national air in Nigeria, we know that we have many law and policies in place that are supposed to guard against things such as this but this law sometimes means very little because there is inadequate political,” she said.